Getting a walker is supposed to help older adults move around more independently and safely. However, the movements are not necessarily intuitive, and using it properly can take practice. On top of this, if you use the walker in a way that it isn’t designed to be used, you might actually increase your risk of falls or muscle pains. That being said, once you have mastered using the walker, being able to enjoy greater independence, safety, and mobility is worth it.
In this article, we will break down different considerations to take note of when getting you or your loved one your first walker.
Adjust or Get a Walker That Fits Your Height
The first thing you should do when you get a walker is that it should suit you or your loved one’s height. This is essential for reducing the amount of stress on their back and shoulders when they walk with it, and also for them to have a better posture. The best way to get this done is if you consult a healthcare professional or your physical therapist since they are experts at this.
If you need to do it on your own, the sign to show that it is the correct height is when they are standing inside the walker, and when their shoulders are relaxed with hands on the grips, their elbows should be at a 15-degree angle.
Learn How to Walk Safely With the Walker
The correct movements are important to ensure that the walker is being used in a safe manner. If you are helping your loved one, it is helpful to first try it out before explaining it to your loved one.
To begin, put the walker in front of you at arm’s length then push the walker forward without resting weight on it. To start walking, use the handles for balance while you step forward. Push hard downwards on the handles as you step forward then repeat.
Learn How to Transition Between Sitting and Standing
It is crucial that you or your loved one NOT rely on the walker to help you stand or sit. Instead, make use of the arms of the steady chair. To sit down, make sure that you back up until you are able to feel the chair against your legs then slowly lower yourself using the chair arms for help. Same with standing up, make sure to use the chair to stand up, and only when you are standing then hold onto the handles of the walker.
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